Solomon Thomas

49ers review: Thomas does not generate pressure

49ers review: Thomas does not generate pressure

SANTA CLARA – Tank Carradine started for the 49ers on Sunday at right defensive end, but rookie Solomon Thomas saw the bulk of the playing time at that position.

The 49ers got off to a rough start in Kyle Shanahan’s debut as head coach on Sunday with a 23-3 loss to the Carolina Panthers at Levi’s Stadium.

Thomas, the No. 3 overall draft pick, played 64 percent of the 49ers’ defensive snaps. Carradine played 46 percent of the defensive plays. Thomas had a rough opener, failing to get any pressure on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton on 19 passing downs, according to Pro Football Focus.

The 49ers got pressure on Newton on only seven of his 27 drop-backs throughout the game. DeForest Buckner provided about the only pass rush for the 49ers with one quarterback hit and four hurries, according to PFF.

Rookie linebacker Reuben Foster played just 11 snaps before exiting the game with a right ankle sprain. In his limited duty, he registered a high grade with three tackles and a pass broken up.

On offense, Zane Beadles had  lowest PFF grade of any guard through Sunday’s games in Week 1. Beadles allowed a quarterback sack – a game-turning sack-strip against Carolina defensive lineman Wes Horton. He also surrendered a quarterback hit and four hurries while in pass protection.

The 49ers’ best performance on the offensive line came from right tackle Trent Brown, according to PFF. Brown did not allow a quarterback pressure on 41 pass-blocking snaps.

Quarterback Brian Hoyer completed 24 of 35 pass attempts, but struggled on passes down the field. He completed just two of 10 attempts downfield for 26 yards with one interception and an on-target deep ball that Marquise Goodwin dropped.

Here is a look at the 49ers’ playing time on offense, defense and special teams:

OFFENSE
Quarterback – Brian Hoyer 57
Running back – Carlos Hyde 45, Kyle Juszczyk 19, Matt Breida 12, Raheem Mostert 1
Wide receiver – Pierre Garçon 50, Marquise Goodwin 50, Trent Taylor 24, Aldrick Robinson 10, Kendrick Bourne 3
Tight end – George Kittle 54, Garrett Celek 14, Logan Paulsen 3
Offensive line – LT Joe Staley 57, LG Zane Beadles 57, C Daniel Kilgore 57, RG Brandon Fusco 57, RT Trent Brown 57

DEFENSE
Defensive line – DeForest Buckner 53, Arik Armstead 51, Solomon Thomas 43, Earl Mitchell 38, Tank Carradine 31, Elvis Dumervil 16, D.J. Jones 15, Xavier Cooper 14
Linebacker – NaVorro Bowman 66, Ray-Ray Armstrong 45, Eli Harold 30, Dekoda Watson 15, Reuben Foster 11
Cornerback – Dontae Johnson 67, Rashard Robinson 67, K’Waun Williams 29
Safety – Jaquiski Tartt 67, Eric Reid 67, Lorenzo Jerome 12

SPECIAL TEAMS
Brock Coyle 19, Mostert 14, Watson 14, Adrian Colbert 13, Armstrong 12, Celek 12, Harold 12, Johnson 11, Keith Reaser 10, Breida 10, Tartt 9, Reid 9, Robinson 8, Bradley Pinion 7, Paulsen 7, Bourne 7, Carradine 6, Kyle Nelson 5, Buckner 5, Armstead 5, Mitchell 5, Jones 4, Juszczyk 4, Taylor 3, Jerome 2, Robbie Gould 1, Garry Gilliam 1, Staley 1, Beadles 1, Kilgore 1, Fusco 1, Brown 1

DID NOT PLAY
QB C.J. Beathard, OL Erik Magnuson

INACTIVE
WR Victor Bolden, CB Ahkello Witherspoon, DB Jimmie Ward (hamstring), LB Pita Taumoepenu, LB Aaron Lynch (back), OL John Theus, OL Laken Tomlinson

Panthers RB McCaffrey braces for challenge of two 49ers rookies

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Panthers RB McCaffrey braces for challenge of two 49ers rookies

SANTA CLARA – Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey’s NFL debut Sunday will be against one of his best friends.

But the bigger head-to-head challenge for McCaffrey will come from the second of the 49ers’ two first-round draft picks.

McCaffrey was chosen with the No. 8 overall pick. His former Stanford roommate, defensive lineman Solomon Thomas, was the 49ers’ selection at No. 3 overall. The Panthers and 49ers open the regular season on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium.

“It’ll be good. It’ll be pretty familiar,” McCaffrey said Wednesday on a conference call with Bay Area reporters. “We did it a lot the past three years. I’m excited, man. That’s one of my best friends in the whole world.”

McCaffrey figures to be a vital weapon for the Panthers as a runner and receiver. The 49ers will likely turn to rookie linebacker Reuben Foster to help neutralize him in coverage. The 49ers traded back into the first round to select Foster with the No. 31 overall pick.

“He’s a heck of a player, man,” McCaffrey said of Foster. “He’s fast. He’s physical. He’ll stick his nose in there. He’s good getting to the ball and he’s an high energy player, somebody that is definitely going to be tough to go against.

“He’s a good player. He can cover. You watch some of the preseason games. He did a good job doing it. He’s an all-around great linebacker. I think that’s why they chose him as one of their first-rounders.”

McCaffrey said 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan babysat him a long time ago. And McCaffrey has known 49ers general manager John Lynch, who was a Denver Broncos teammate with his dad, Ed McCaffrey.

“I kind of knew they weren’t going to pick me,” McCaffrey said. “They had some other needs. But I love all those guys over there.”

Snap count: Top 49ers' defensive picks get a lot of work in preseason opener

Snap count: Top 49ers' defensive picks get a lot of work in preseason opener

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The 49ers’ saw a lot of their top three draft picks in the exhibition opener Friday night against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Solomon Thomas, the No. 3 overall pick, and cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon, a third-round pick, both played 28 snaps. Only undrafted rookie safety Lorenzo Jerome saw more action on defense with 33 snaps.

Linebacker Reuben Foster, chosen with the 31st overall pick, played 27 snaps for a defense that limited Kansas City to just 187 total yards in the 49ers’ 27-17 victory.

The 49ers’ medical staff was seen working on Thomas’ left shoulder/neck area in the second half. He remained in the game after Ronald Blair went down with a groin injury. Afterward, Thomas said nothing was wrong. Coach Kyle Shanahan said the medical staff did not advise him of any issue with Thomas.

Thomas had a strong showing in his debut, including a quarterback pressure on his first snap that led to Rashard Robinson’s interception in the first quarter.

Shanahan said he saw one play early in the game in which Thomas could have gotten a big hit but he showed some hesitation in pursuit to the ball.

“I looked up again later in the next quarter and I thought he had the same look and that is when he had zero hesitation,” Shanahan said. “I thought he just ran right through a guy and took him to the sideline.”

Here is a look at the 49ers’ playing time on offense, defense and special teams:

OFFENSE
Quarterback – C.J. Beathard 41, Matt Barkley 35, Brian Hoyer 7
Running back – Matt Breida 28, Tyler McCloskey 27, Joe Williams 25, Raheem Mostert 23, Carlos Hyde 7, Kyle Juszczyk 6
Wide receiver – Kendrick Bourne 35, DeAndre Carter 28, Trent Taylor 28, Victor Bolden 24, DeAndre Smelter 20, Aldrick Robinson 15, Aaron Burbridge 11, Marquise Goodwin 8, Jeremy Kerley 6, Pierre Garçon 4, Tim Patrick 2
Tight end – Vance McDonald 37, Blake Bell 34, Garrett Celek 24, Logan Paulsen 14, Cole Hikutini 11
Offensive line – John Flynn 76, Garry Gilliam 59, Nick Price 58, Tim Barnes 52, John Theus 51, Erik Magnuson 41, Darrell Williams 24, Andrew Lauderdale 17, Trent Brown 8, Daniel Kilgore 7, Brandon Fusco 7, Joe Staley 7, Zane Beadles 7, Richard Levy 1

DEFENSE
Defensive line – Solomon Thomas 28, Noble Nwachukwu 24, D.J. Jones 21, Chris Jones 18, Ronald Blair 15, Aaron Lynch 15, Arik Armstead 14, Tank Carradine 11, Earl Mitchell 11, Pita Taumoepenu 10, Quinton Dial 10, DeForest Buckner 6, Elvis Dumervil 2
Linebacker – Reuben Foster 27, Austin Calitro 25, Ray-Ray Armstrong 22, Eli Harold 15, NaVorro Bowman 15, Dekoda Watson 14, Ahmad Brooks 14, Jayson DiManche 7, Sean Porter 4
Cornerback – Ahkello Witherspoon 28, Keith Reaser 27, Will Davis 21, Will Redmond 19, Rashard Robinson 14, Prince Charles Iworah 10, Asa Jackson 10, K’Waun Williams 7
Safety – Lorenzo Jerome 33, Chanceller James 25, Don Jones 19, Vinnie Sunseri 18, Eric Reid 14

SPECIAL TEAMS
Bell 18, Bradley Pinion 15, Don Jones 15, Sunseri 15, Watson 15, DiManche 15, James 14, Davis 13, Kyle Nelson 12, Taumoepenu 12, Iworah 11, Carter 10, Mostert 10, Harald 10, Smelter 10, Redmond 10, Hikutini 9, Celek 8, Jerome 8, Robbie Gould 7, Witherspoon 7, Price 7, Barnes 7, Theus 7, Magnuson 7, Nick Rose 6, Bolden 6, Burbridge 6, Jackson 6, Gilliam 5, Armstrong 5, Paulsen 5, Reaser 5, Kapri Bibbs 4, D.J. Jones 4, Dial 4, Blair 3, Taylor 3, Williams 3, Calitro 3, Lauderdale 3, Levy 3, McDonald 2, Thomas 2, Nwachukwu 2, Chris Jones 2, Tim Hightower 1, Bourne 1, McCloskey 1, Brown 1, Kilgore 1, Fusco 1, Staley 1, Beadles 1, Kerley 1, Patrick 1, Foster 1, Bowman 1, Armstead 1, Reid 1, Robinson 1, Brooks 1, Carradine 1, Mitchell 1, Porter 1

DID NOT PLAY
QB Nick Mullens, WR Louis Murphy, FS Jimmie Ward (PUP), S Jaquiski Tartt, CB Dontae Johnson, CB Adrian Colbert, LB Donavin Newsom, LB Brock Coyle, T Erik Magnuson, G Joshua Garnett, TE George Kittle